Vote counting mistakes do happen, but four temporarily missing ballots did not change the outcome in the House District 27A recount.
Republican challenger Rich Murray led incumbent DFLer Robin Brown by 57 votes on election night, and the margin stayed the same after Monday’s recount in Mower and Freeborn counties.
The only drama came Monday at noon in the Freeborn County courthouse in Albert Lea, when counters determined four ballots from Myrtle were unaccounted for. But they soon were discovered that the ballots were sitting in the bottom of the write-in voting bin back in Myrtle, reports the Albert Lea Tribune. A representative of the county Auditor-Treasurer’s Office was dispatched to Myrtle and returned with the ballots by 2:30 p.m.
The recount did show that Murray and Brown each picked up two additional votes from the election night totals. Each of those four ballots had been marked with X, which didn’t register with the voting machines election night.